Zero Suicide Academy Application


Iowa Department of Health Zero Suicide Academy


August 3rd-4th, 2021


Virtual Academy - Online

Sponsoring Organization

Iowa Department of Public Health

Sponsoring Organization Email

Participant Eligibility

Applicants are to attend the Zero Suicide Academy with a team of 4 individuals including the person identified as the lead for the system's Zero Suicide initiative. Recommendations for team composition include:

Person(s) responsible and with authority for implementation decisions (e.g. Medical Doctor, CIO, ED, BH Director, or IT).

  • At least one senior leader/management (irrespective or discipline area).
  • At least one person who manages your electronic health records (EHR) system, quality improvement, or risk management.
  • At least one person (e.g., case manager, psychologist, social worker, nurse, other) who provides care to patients daily.

Selection Criteria

All organizations wishing to be considered for the Zero Suicide Academy will submit the application by the due date.

Application Instructions

The Zero Suicide Academy application consists of:

1. A letter of commitment written by the organization's CEO/Senior Executive Leader. The CEO/Senior Executive Leader should review and approve the submission and agree to the strategy proposed.

2. A narrative that, in two to four pages, responds to the following:

a.) Briefly describe the members of your Zero Suicide implementation team and their relevant skills, knowledge, and experience.

b.) What are your team's goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Academy and what does the team hope to learn during the training?

Note: Zero Suicide implementation team members should include persons who can both champion Zero Suicide with passion and those who have some power and influence in your system. This can include clinical directors, senior clinical staff with coordination over a certain area or department, information technology, risk management or quality improvement, or person with lived experience.

A Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study is to be completed by your implementation team members, along with your application.


17th of May, 2021 – Applications Open

30th June, 2021 – Applications Close

26th July, 2021 – Pre-Academy Webinar

3rd and 4th August, 2021 – Academy

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